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Adam Plutko is our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2016. Who should be No. 10?

The poster child for floor and recent success has a spot his spot in our Top 20 list.

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It was a close vote that came down to a late surge, but pitcher Adam Plutko is officially our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2016. Plutko won the poll with 34 percent of the vote (99 votes), followed closely by 2015 first-round pick Triston McKenzie with 31 percent (91 votes) and Yandy Diaz finished at a distant third with 24 percent (69 votes).

The Indians drafted Plutko in the 11th round of the 2013 draft, although he did not make his first pitch as a member of the Indians organization until 2014. Plutko’s 2014 season was unimpressive, as he carried a 4.08 ERA and a 4.00 FIP through 97.0 innings in High-A ball, and he was giving up a little over one home run per nine innings. However, Plutko followed up that lukewarm 2014 campaign with an excellent 2015 season that caused him to shoot up most prospect lists.

It was in 2015 that Plutko began showing the outstanding control that made him a coveted pick of the Tribe two years earlier. Plutko has four pitches -- a curveball, a slider, and a changeup, and a low-90s fastball -- and he has plus-level control of all of them. He dominated High-A ball in 2015, with a 1.27 ERA, 2.51 FIP, and a 2.8 percent walk rate before he was promoted to Double-A after only 49.2 innings. Plutko’s numbers dipped in Double-A, as one would expect, but he still maintained a commendable 2.86 ERA and 3.37 FIP.

He will never be a pitcher to blow batters away with stuff, but similar to many pitchers in the Indians organization, he relies on control and pitch variety. Plutko’s ceiling may not be as high as a Brady Aiken or Mike Clevinger, but he could make the majors as early as 2016, depending on how well he performs in Double-A or Triple-A, wherever he starts the season. has Plutko ranked as the Indians 14th overall prospect with a 45 overall grade (on a 20-80 scale), and his changeup as his best pitch at a 55 rating. John Sickels of Minor League Ball has him 10th overall right behind Brady Aiken with a B- grade. Plutko was left off Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Indians prospect list, but they praise his pitch variety and command.



(ages listed are for 2016 season)

Yandy Diaz (Age 24)
2015 (AA): 564 PA, 7 HR, 8 SB, .315/.412/.408, 143 wRC+

Shows a great eye at the plate and draws walks at a prolific rate. Emerged last season as a potential future option for the Indians at third base. Power is still underwhelming.

Juan Hillman (Age 18)
2015 (R): 24.0 IP, 4.13 ERA, 3.15 FIP, 19.4 K%, 4.9 BB%

Indians second-round pick in 2015 out of Olympia High School. Fastball sits in the high-80s to low-90s but there is room to improve as he ages and gains strength. Also features a curveball and a changeup.

Triston McKenzie, SP (Age 18)
2015 (R): 12.0 IP, 0.75 ERA, 1.73 FIP, 39.5 K%, 7.0 BB%

One of two high school pitchers drafted in the first round by the Indians in the 2015 draft. Great fastball that should pick up velocity as he grows into his 6'5" frame. Advanced for his age (19), but not expected to make the Majors earlier than 2019.

Francisco Mejia, C (Age 20)
2015 (A): 446 PA, 9 HR, 4 SB, .243/.324/.345, 99 wRC+

19-year-old catcher had a lot on his plate in 2015 and wasn't overwhelmed by the challenge of full-season baseball following a slow April. Threw out 34% of potential base stealers, and managed a young and talented pitching staff.

Shawn Morimando, SP (Age 23)
2015 (AA): 158.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.64 ERA, 19.5 K%, 9.9 BB%

Has been a dependable starter his entire professional career, and young for his league at each stop. Still waiting for that big breakout season. Added to the 40-man roster this winter.